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Studying at the ITM

Studying at the ITM is a unique experience. Annually some 700 health providers study at the ITM, from all parts of the world. More than half come from outside Belgium. The study programs – in (human or veterinary) tropical medicine and public health – are problem-oriented and put emphasis on both academic and professional skills. Many students come from low or middle-income countries. The exchange of experiences and the open discussion between students of such diverse backgrounds, and with the teaching staff, are very enriching. They are a cornerstone of the education at the Institute.

We mainly offer ‘advanced study programs’: doctoral and master’s programs, postgraduate courses and short specialization courses as part of lifelong learning. Some of the programs are offered via the Internet (distance learning).


Dutch, English and French are the main languages, but you're just as likely to run into a German, Spanish or Italian native speaker.

  • The postgraduate certificate courses are taught each year in English and in French.
  • The masters and some short courses in Public Health, Disease Control and Animal Health alternate yearly between French and English.
  • Other short and e-learning courses are taught in English.

Before your departure for Belgium

Course participants who are not residents of the European Union should not leave for Belgium until they have obtained legal residency.

After you have registered for a course, the Student Service will assist you with the visa procedure.

The Belgian Embassy in your country can deliver a Type-D student visa upon submission of (1) the official letter of admission and (2) proof of a study grant and/or other means of subsistence while you are in Antwerp. There is, however, no guarantee, and the Embassy sometimes does reject an application, usually indicating a specific reason. Most of the time, the applicant will also have to present a certificate of moral probity as well as a medical certificate of good health.

Course participants who would like to be joined by their families should enquire about visas for family members with the Belgian diplomatic representatives in their country. Unfortunately this arduous process usually takes several months and has an unsure outcome.
The ITM Student Service can assist you with your visa application.

More information can be found on the website

Your stay in Antwerp

All classes are held in the central buildings of the ITM, near the centre of Antwerp.
Antwerp is a lively, pleasant city with a great range of social and cultural activities and attractions. Tourists and students feel right at home here. The cost of living is reasonable by European standards.


The ITM Student Service can help you find accomodations in Antwerp.

We also offer a number of housings at walking distance from our campus. Contact Patricia Braat for more information.

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